Sicario (2015)

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  • IMDb page: Sicario (2015)
  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 43,231 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 2 October 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 121 min
  • Filming Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $45,215,311 (USA) (13 November 2015)
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Jóhann Jóhannsson   
  • Soundtrack: Cowboy's Duty
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | Auro 11.1
  • Plot Keyword: Mexico | Drug Cartel | FBI Agent | Cocaine | Mercenary

Writing Credits By:

  • Taylor Sheridan (written by)

Known Trivia

  • While Benicio Del Toro’s character is frequently silent in the movie, he initially had more lines. “In the original script, the character explained his background several times to Kate,” Del Toro says. “And that gave me information about who this guy was, but it felt a little stiff to have someone you just met 15 minutes ago suddenly telling you what happened to him and who he is.” Working with director Denis Villeneuve, Del Toro began cutting some of his dialogue to preserve the mystery of who his character is; Villeneuve estimates they cut 90 percent of what Del Toro was originally intended to say by screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. Like Del Toro, Villeneuve saw power in stripping the character down to a brooding silence, stating that dialogue belongs to plays and “movies are about movement, character, and presence, and Benicio had all that.” 232 of 235 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The thermal vision shots in the film were shot with a FLIR SC8300 thermal vision camera and they were not added in the post-production. 153 of 155 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Cinematographer Roger Deakins was inspired by the photography of Alex Webb, especially “Crossings: Photographs from the U.S.-Mexico Border”, published in 2003. 79 of 80 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • While filming in Mexico, Emily Blunt got struck with diarrhea. In the scene where they are driving to Juarez, her character looks sweaty and pasty as a result of Blunt’s illness. 213 of 221 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Emily Blunt based Kate Macer’s character on one of the FBI agents she spoke to in preparation for the role, whom she described as “shy” and had a “loner quality” to her. 93 of 96 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Denis Villeneuve describes the film as a dark poem. 84 of 88 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The word “Sicario” derives from the Latin word “Sicarius”, meaning “dagger man”. The term was used by Romans to describe Jewish Zealots who killed Roman citizens using a “sicae” or small dagger hidden in their cloaks. There were so many murders in the Providence of Judea around the I Century a.C. that the figure of “Sicarius” was codified in Roman Law (Lex Cornelia de Sicariis et Veneficis – Cornelian Law for Stabbers and Poisoners) of 81 AD. These words also derive from the word “sicae”, which means to slice. The word Sicario is used in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian 115 of 125 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Emily Blunt started filming four months after she delivered her first baby girl Hazel. 103 of 112 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Denis Villeneuve wanted Emily Blunt for the role after he saw her in The Young Victoria. 51 of 54 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • This is Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins’s second collaboration. They will also be working together on the new Blade Runner movie. 105 of 116 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Goofs: Errors in geography: The exterior runway scenes set at Luke AFB (which in reality is near Phoenix, Arizona) show the characteristic Sandia Mountain Range in the background (which is in Albuquerque, New Mexico.)

Plot: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Full summary »  »

Story: When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team. Written byGusde


Synopsis: In the opening shot, there is a text that explains that the origin of the word "sicario" comes from the Roman zealots that occupied Palestine. In Mexico, the word means "hitman".

Chandler, Arizona.

A SWAT team moves in toward a house where they suspect there to be hostages held by Mexican cartel leader Manuel Diaz (Bernardo P. Sacarino). Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), an American DEA agent, and her partner Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluyya) move in with their rescue team and burst in through the house with the van. They capture a few suspects, while Kate kills a man that tried to shoot her. The team then finds dozens of bodies stuffed into the walls with bags over their heads. Most of the team goes outside to puke. Kate’s superior Dave Jennings (Victor Garber) calls her inside. Outside, several officers notice something from a nearby shed. A bomb goes off, killing two officers.

At the station, Kate is brought in to meet Matt Graver (Josh Brolin). He is brought in to help catch Diaz, along with a mysterious agent named Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). Kate is asked to join the team, which she only agrees to so she can catch the men responsible for the deaths she witnessed that day.

Kate initially believes the team is going to El Paso, but they end up going just across the border to Juarez, Mexico. Once there, the team rolls with a whole squad of cops led by Steve Forsing (Jeffrey Donovan) through the city. They drive up to a crowded parkway. Alejandro spots two cars with gang members and he notices they have itchy trigger fingers. The cops slowly move out of their vehicles and approach the gang members. One of them gets out of their car slowly as well, gun in hand. The officers tell him to lower his weapon, but he reacts quickly, getting himself and his buddies shot to hell. The other gang members suffer the same fate when one of them tries to draw his weapon on the cops.

Kate argues with Matt on the actions taken on the parkway, as well as the whole way that they are leading this mission. The stress has even caused her to take up smoking again.

Elsewhere in Mexico, we meet a man named Silvio (Maximiliano Hernandez). His son tells him that he has a soccer match later that day. Silvio goes through his daily routine before heading off to work. We see him wearing a police uniform as he walks to his car.

The team stops a bunch of buses filled with immigrants. Alejandro questions some of the men through a sort of process of elimination to determine which of them could work for gangs and which of them could have ties to Diaz. In their search, the team finds bags of money to be laundered and wrapped in blue-pink wristbands.

Some of the team goes out for drinks later that night. Reggie introduces Kate to his buddy Ted (Jon Bernthal). After a few drinks, Kate goes back to Ted’s place to hook up, until she notices he took out from his pocket a wristband similar to what they found earlier. Kate tries to get away, but a struggle ensues as she tries to reach for her gun. Ted starts to strangle Kate until Alejandro walks in and points his gun in Ted’s face, making him release his grip on Kate.

Ted is taken into custody. Alejandro enters the car with him and beats his face until Ted tells him what he can say regarding his business with Diaz.

Kate eventually learns that she and Reggie were just needed to extract drugs from the case, essentially just making them pawns in the grand scheme of things for the team.

The team succeeds in taking away a substantial amount of money from Diaz’s account, forcing him to make his return to Mexico. Following that, the team moves in on a raid into one of Diaz’s warehouses. There, Alejandro finds Silvio and holds him at gunpoint. Kate aims her gun at Alejandro, but he shoots her in her vest and tells her to never do that again. He takes Silvio and makes him drive away. Kate returns to Matt and learns that Alejandro is a hired gun by the CIA to catch Diaz’s boss, Fausto Alarcon (Julio Cedillo), because he decapitated Alejandro’s wife and threw their daughter into a vat of acid.

Alejandro forces Silvio to drive until they see Diaz’s car. Alejandro makes Silvio pull Diaz over and force him to step out of the car. Silvio walks out to confront Diaz, only for Alejandro to shoot and kill Silvio and shoot Diaz in the leg. He walks out to kill Diaz at a closer range and then take his car.

Alejandro arrives at Fausto’s home and kills all of his guards. He walks outside to find Fausto having dinner with his wife and two sons. He aims his gun at Fausto and tells the wife and boys to continue eating and to stay calm. Fausto tells Alejandro that his wife wouldn’t like what he’s become, a lawyer-turned-hitman. Alejandro brings up his daughter. Fausto says it was nothing personal, but it was to Alejandro. He says in Spanish, "Time to meet God". He shoots the wife, then the two boys dead, to Fausto’s horror. Alejandro tells him to finish his meal, moments before he shoots Fausto dead.

Kate finds Alejandro in her apartment. He hands her a contract for her to sign to confirm that everything they did was by-the-books. Kate refuses to sign it. Alejandro holds a gun under her chin, stating she’d be committing suicide if she doesn’t sign. He wipes tears away from her cheeks while never removing the gun. Kate reluctantly goes ahead and signs. Alejandro leaves. Kate grabs her gun and aims it at him from her window. He turns around and waits for her to pull the trigger, but she just slowly lowers it and lets him walk away.

In the final scene, Silvio’s son stands over his father’s empty bedside, almost as if he knows his father won’t be coming home. His mother takes him to his soccer match. During the game, everybody hears gunshots in the distance. They quickly proceed to carry on with the game.

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Produced By:

  • Basil Iwanyk known as producer
  • Erica Lee known as executive producer
  • Thad Luckinbill known as producer
  • Trent Luckinbill known as producer
  • Edward McDonnell known as producer
  • Emma McGill known as associate producer (as Emma Branch McGill)
  • Stacy Perskie known as line producer mexico
  • Ellen H. Schwartz known as executive producer
  • Molly Smith known as producer
  • Donald Sparks known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Emily Blunt known as Kate Macer
  • Benicio Del Toro known as Alejandro
  • Josh Brolin known as Matt Graver
  • Victor Garber known as Dave Jennings
  • Jon Bernthal known as Ted
  • Daniel Kaluuya known as Reggie Wayne
  • Jeffrey Donovan known as Steve Forsing
  • Raoul Max Trujillo known as Rafael (as Raoul Trujillo)
  • Julio Cedillo known as Fausto Alarcon
  • Hank Rogerson known as Phil Coopers
  • Bernardo P. Saracino known as Manuel Diaz
  • Maximiliano Hernández known as Silvio
  • Kevin Wiggins known as Burnett
  • Edgar Arreola known as Guillermo
  • Kim Larrichio known as Silvio's Wife
  • Jesus Nevarez-Castillo known as Eliseo
  • Dylan Kenin known as Delta Leader
  • John Trejo known as Delta #2
  • Marty Lindsey known as SWAT Officer
  • Alex Knight known as Coroner (Phoenix)
  • Rio Alexander known as Phoenix Cop
  • Eric Steinig known as Air Force MP
  • Michael-David Aragon known as AIC Guard
  • Vic Browder known as U.S. Marshal
  • Boots Southerland known as U.S. Marshal Keith
  • Adam Taylor known as U.S. Marshal Kevin
  • David Garver known as Bob Fisks
  • Jesse Ramirez known as MIgrant #1
  • James Espinoza known as Migrant #2
  • Arrazolo known as Migrant #3
  • Tomas Martinez known as Migrant #4
  • Alejandro S. Rodriguez known as Migrant #5
  • Jorge Rocha Fuentez known as Migrant #6
  • Johnny Palomarez Jr. known as Migrant #7
  • Eb Lottimer known as Bank Manager
  • Matthew Tompkins known as Jessie Garza
  • Michael Sheets known as Treasury Agent
  • Sarah Minnich known as Reggie's Dance Partner
  • Matthew Page known as Operator
  • Lora Martinez-Cunningham known as Jacinta
  • Julian Ortega known as Fausto's Son #1
  • Ian Posada known as Fausto's Son #2
  • Antonio Leyba known as Border Bandit #1
  • Frank Andrade known as Border Bandit #2
  • Juan Carlos Mora known as Border Bandit #3
  • Jesus Mayorga known as Border Bandit #4
  • Joseph P. Santillanes known as Homeland Security Officer
  • Basil Iwanyk Sr. known as DEA Agent (Motel Room)
  • Ivan Allen known as News Anchor
  • John Burke known as Chandler News Reporter
  • Jose B. Martinez known as Immigrant
  • Johnny Otto known as SWAT Officer
  • Rick Anglada known as DEA Agent (uncredited)
  • Carlo Armendariz known as Immigrant (uncredited)
  • Brian Barela known as Army Soldier (uncredited)
  • Will D. Barnes III known as US Marshall (uncredited)
  • Derek Blakeney known as Military solider (uncredited)
  • Edward Butron known as AIC Guard (uncredited)
  • Kevin Capeless known as Driver at Border Crossing (uncredited)
  • Paul Caster known as Driver / Event Attendee (uncredited)
  • Laurence Scott Devereux known as Alex Driver (uncredited)
  • Jetto Dorsainville known as Military police (uncredited)
  • Tait Fletcher known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Marcus Flores-Sedillo known as Soccer kid (uncredited)
  • Susie Gillespie known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Andrea Good known as Immigrant (uncredited)
  • Alan Humphrey known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Chadwick Johnson known as Homeland Security Agent (uncredited)
  • Rodger Larance known as Border Crossing (uncredited)
  • Kearon Lehman known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Mitch Long known as Delta (uncredited)
  • Celine R. Lopez known as Immigrant (uncredited)
  • Beth Lucero known as Bar Patron / American Traveler (uncredited)
  • Trista Marchetto known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Cesar Miramontes known as Immigrant (uncredited)
  • Jyl Murray known as Border car driver (uncredited)
  • John Nussbaumer known as Homeland Security Official (uncredited)
  • Larry Nuñez known as Tunnel Bandit (uncredited)
  • Stephen Oyoung known as Delta Driver 4 (uncredited)
  • Fred Padilla known as Border Patrol (uncredited)
  • Eddie Perez known as Border Bandit (uncredited)
  • Edsel Pete known as Border Patrol (uncredited)
  • Frank Powers known as DEA Agent (uncredited)
  • Alan D. Purwin known as Helocopter pilot (uncredited)
  • Gonzalo Robles known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Jason a Sedillo known as Driver / soccer dad (uncredited)
  • Jack T. Silliman known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • J. Nathan Simmons known as American Tourist at Border (uncredited)
  • Cannon Smith known as Delta (uncredited)
  • Mark Stefanich known as Delta Driver #1 (uncredited)
  • Michael E. Stogner known as Driver at Border Crossing (uncredited)
  • Michael Stone known as Senator (uncredited)
  • Cheo Tapia known as Gangster / drug smuggler (uncredited)
  • Rafael Torrez known as ICE Agent (uncredited)
  • Kaelee Vigil known as Immigrant Woman (uncredited)
  • Jeff Wilson known as Pickup Driver (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Jennifer Bell known as hair department head
  • Daniel Casillas known as day hire makeup artist
  • Jimena Cuarón known as make up/hair
  • Megan Daum known as key hair stylist
  • Bonnie Masoner known as makeup artist
  • Donald Mowat known as makeup department head
  • Reyna Robinson known as hair stylist
  • Jon Shroyer known as day hire makeup artist
  • Delana Veirs known as hair stylist
  • Corey Welk known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Joshua R. Aragon known as prop assistant
  • Kurt Blondis known as propmaker
  • John C. Cameron known as assistant property master
  • Lance Cheatham known as set dresser
  • Jeremy Chiordi known as set dresser gang boss
  • Severino Gonzales known as on set dresser
  • Ram Goradia known as set dresser gang boss
  • Kenneth Heimer known as mill foreman
  • Bill Holmquist known as construction coordinator
  • Virginia Hopkins known as lead painter
  • Jonathan Hubbarth known as construction buyer
  • Sam Hudecki known as storyboard artist
  • Derek Jensen known as assistant art director
  • Terry Kempf known as general foreman
  • Eric Komala known as gangboss painter
  • Alanna Levy known as art department coordinator
  • Leigh Maney known as construction medic
  • Mallorie McConnell known as painter
  • Edward McLoughlin known as set decorations buyer
  • Aaron Morrison known as graphics designer
  • David Peck known as general foreman
  • Zacheriah T. Rheam known as toolman
  • Brent Rice known as lead man
  • Daniela Rojas known as set dresser: Mexico
  • Leonard Sanchez known as utility tech
  • Barton Slade known as propmakers foreman
  • Joshua Story known as art department production assistant
  • Erik Torrez known as set dresser
  • Kelly Urig known as set decoration assistant
  • Keith Walters known as property master


Production Companies:

  • Black Label Media
  • Lionsgate (as Lions Gate Films)
  • Thunder Road Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Absolut Video  hd video assist equipment
  • Albuquerque Studios  sound stages and facilities
  • Allan Padelford Camera Cars  camera equipment: Escalade with EDGE Crane System
  • Allan Padelford Camera Cars  camera equipment: Remote Drive System
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Cutting Edge Group  music services
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Entertainment Partners Canada  payroll services
  • Hear Kitty  adr services
  • Momentous Insurance Brokerage  insurance
  • Otto Nemenz International  camera equipment provided by
  • Scarlet Letters  main and end titles
  • Trevanna Post  post production accounting
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack

Additional Details


  • Alfa Films (2015) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Belga Films (2015) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2015) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Constantin-Film (2015) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Cuvision (2015) (Paraguay) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2015) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2015) (France) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2015) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Seven Films – Spentzos Film (2015) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2015) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • bf Distribution (2015) (Chile) (theatrical)
  • Aurum Producciones (2015) (Spain) (all media)
  • Emperor Motion Pictures (2015) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Lark Films Distribution (2015) (Hong Kong) (all media) (as UA Films)
  • Mongkol Major (2015) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Pioneer Films (2015) (Philippines) (TV)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2015) (Portugal) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Cinesite (visual effects)
  • Lidar Guys (lidar scanning)
  • Oblique FX (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Mahée Bissonnette known as paint & roto artist: ObliqueFX
  • Jean-Pierre Boies known as visual effects supervisor: fly studio
  • Vincent Boucher-Cormier known as texture artist
  • Yanick Bourgie known as dmp artist: Cinesite
  • Benoît Brière known as visual effects executive producer: ObliqueFX
  • Josee Chapdelaine known as Rigging & FX Artist: Oblique FX
  • Thomas Chesny known as 3D Tracking & Layout Artist: ObliqueFX
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Marie-Pier Couture-Alain known as digital compositor: Oblique FX
  • Vanessa Delarosbil known as digital compositor
  • Dustin DellaVecchia known as hdri tech
  • Philippe Desiront known as lead compositing artist: ObliqueFX
  • Marc-Antoine Desjardins known as matchmove artist: ObliqueFX
  • Gus Duron known as digital opticals editor
  • Maxime Entringer known as lighting artist: ObliqueFX
  • Mario Fraser known as animation artist: ObliqueFX
  • Sandra Germain known as visual effects producer: ObliqueFX
  • Philip Harris-Genois known as Modeling Artist: ObliqueFX
  • Catherine Hébert known as matte painter
  • Aélis Héraud known as digital compositor: Oblique FX
  • Alban Kasikci known as compositing artist: ObliqueFX
  • Jean-Francois Lafleur known as visual effects coordinator: ObliqueFX
  • Alexandre Lafortune known as visual effects supervisor
  • François Lord known as visual effects technical director: ObliqueFX
  • Louis-Alexandre Lord known as compositing artist: ObliqueFX
  • Guillaume Mainville known as cg supervisor: ObliqueFX
  • Luis Montemayor known as visual effects supervisor: mexico unit
  • Louis Morin known as visual effects supervisor
  • My Phuong Nguyen known as Textures Artist: ObliqueFX
  • Gabrielle Perreault known as paint & roto artist: ObliqueFX
  • Elaine Phaneuf known as Animation Artist: Oblique FX
  • Marc-Andre Poulin known as visual effects artist
  • David Raymond known as Rigging & FX Artist: Oblique FX
  • Antoine Rouleau known as matte painter
  • Antonin Messier Turcotte known as visual effects artist
  • Jessica Vallée known as Textures Artist: ObliqueFX
  • Shawn Wayman known as visual effects data wrangler
  • Antoine Wibaut known as digital compositor

MPAA: Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, and language


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